Cover Spotlight: Fantasy in 2011

Book covers may not be final. Some covers may have been found in publisher catalogs. Book blurbs are from various sources such as Amazon, Goodreads, author sites and possibly publisher catalogs unless otherwise noted.

Releases March 1, 2011.

Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?

Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…

Releases February 1, 2011. Author’s site here.

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him.

Declan Reyes was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, the serum has had an unintended effect, making her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan, whose bloodthirsty traits are driven into a frenzy by her.

Driven by duty to protect her and by instinct to crave her, Declan takes Jillian into his shadowy world of blood and battle. But he soon realizes his increasing need for her may be a different kind of hunger…

ReleasesFebruary 1, 2011. Author’s site here.

Psychic Agent Nola O’Grady isn’t sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn’t know it exists, can be perilous, and she’s afraid of the relatives getting involved.

Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari’s strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man’s psychotic, but in truth he’s murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim.

Can Nola’s psychic talents and Ari’s skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola’s family from running headlong into danger?

Releases April 19, 2011. Author’s site here.

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old–when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power–plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish–to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

There are also two more in the series:

Hexed releases May 24, 2011, and Hammered releases June 28, 2011.

Releases July 5, 2011. Author’s site here.

There’s no blurb yet, but steampunk by one of my most favoriteurban fantasy writers?


Blood, sweat and gears – heh, love it. Can’t wait!

The author’s brief news on her blog:

I LOVE it with a passionate swooning love!

The artist is the amazing Cliff Nielsen.  Here is a link to his portfolio.

What do you think?  Would you pause and maybe pick this book up if you saw it?

Um – yes, I think I would!

Releases March 22, 2011. I love this series’ covers! I have the first book in the TBR and can’t wait to get to it. I’ve heard it’s full of steampunk wonderful.

It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king’s agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. Burton and Swinburne’s second adventure is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack.

Releases April 5, 2011. This is the U.S. edition cover. Author’s site here.

Death around the corner …

Ildrecca is a dangerous city, if you don’t know what you’re doing. It takes a canny hand and a wary eye to run these streets and survive. Fortunately, Drothe has both. He has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers from the dirtiest of alleys to the finest of neighborhoods. Working for a crime lord, he finds and takes care of trouble inside his boss’s organization—while smuggling relics on the side.

But when his boss orders Drothe to track down whoever is leaning on his organization’s people, he stumbles upon a much bigger mystery. There’s a book, a relic any number of deadly people seem to be looking for—a book that just might bring down emperors and shatter the criminal underworld.

A book now inconveniently in Drothe’s hands…

Releases April 26, 2011. Author’s site here.

Being engaged to a socially-prominent warlock in 19th century New York can be daunting—especially if you’re a witch from a small town in California who’s never sat at a dinner table with more than one fork.

A month has passed since the adventures that brought Emily Edwards from Lost Pine to New York City, but navigating New York magical society is as taxing and treacherous as anything she’s faced so far. Emily’s future mother-in-law is a sociopathic socialite who is not at all pleased with her only son’s choice of a bride. Dreadnought Stanton—Emily’s fiance—has a dark past which has by no means given up all its secrets. And Emily’s own past may hold answers that a shadowy group of Russian scientists will give anything to possess.

Emily will have to brave all these challenges—not to mention an ancient sect of Aztec blood-sorcerers bent on plunging the world into apocalypse—if she and Dreadnought are to have any hope of living happily ever after.

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  1. Dead Iron

    In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and
    magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In
    this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed
    by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother’s
    death. Then he’s offered hope that his brother may
    yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a
    powerful device created by mad devisers—and now
    in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished
    to walk this Earth.
    In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where
    the only things a man can count on are his guns,
    gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all
    three if he’s going to save his brother and reclaim his
    soul once and for all…

  2. Hi Kmont,

    I found a book you just have to TBR/review! Steampunk and vampires…
    THE GREYFRIAR: Vampire Empire #1 by Clay and Susan Griffith, It seems to be only available in a kindle ebook, haven’t been able to find other ebook sources. It has lots of great online reviews.

    • Oh…oh dear. I’ve tried to read that recently. I got only 35 pages in and was bored! :(

      I actually couldn’t believe it. I’ve been anticipating it ever since I read the premise months ago. But I’m going to give it another try, see if maybe it was just my frame of mind that day. I really want to enjoy it!

    • Aww, that happens with all of us in various genres. I’ve had to switch things up a little this year at times to try to get out of funks, too. :)

  3. Damn, I was hoping for something good. I know Meljean has set the standards high for alternate steampunk Victorian worlds so I am looking for more because I have enjoyed Iron Duke so. I have read Scott Westerfeld’s first Leviathan YA and enjoyed that though, so all is not lost.

  4. I’m looking forward to the Iron Druid Chronicles next year, and also the next Rachel Morgan book (I heard it was one of the best so far)…

    Also, Cedar Hunt is a stupid name. IMO. :(

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